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posted 8/4/2009 5:47:13 AM  Reply w/Quote
Came across a picture recently of my grandfather (Wesley Russell) that had a group photo of B Co 44th Armored Regiment. I was wondering after the reorganization which unit did B Co get transferred to. Was it the 714th Tank Battalion or the 23rd Tank Battalion?

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posted 8/7/2009 8:50:36 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Perhaps John Critzas will know.
He was in the 714th Tank Battalion.

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posted 8/8/2009 12:31:02 AM  Reply w/Quote
Thanks, I have sent off a query to him but if anyone else out there can help answer the question I'd appreciate it. Thanks for your time and service

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posted 8/9/2009 6:16:08 AM    Click here to view the profile for Ken K  Click here to email Ken K  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
We are working on your question. Hope to have an answer next week.
Ken

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posted 8/23/2009 5:11:02 AM    Click here to view the profile for Ken  Click here to email Ken  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I have been in contact with an original member of the 12thAD before reorganization, and remained with the 12AD after reorg.

Companys were not transferred as a unit.

B 44 did not become B Company 714. The men were transferred based on their training and other qualifications, such as a baker in civilian life, and assigned as a cook in the 44th, may have ended up as a cook in Company A 17th AIB

They also could have been assigned to the new 44th Tank Bn which was detached from the 12thAD and sent to the Pacific.

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Ken


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posted 8/24/2009 12:07:19 AM  Reply w/Quote
Thanks for your time in researching the issue.

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posted 9/14/2010 6:23:48 PM    Click here to view the profile for MrB  Click here to email MrB  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Lavern Lawrence was in the new 44th tank Battalion and was in the battle of Manilla. Do you have any information about him? His nick name was "potsie" and drove a tank named either "West Frankfort Thunderbolt" or "Yankee".

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posted 9/20/2010 12:46:05 PM    Click here to view the profile for MrB  Click here to email MrB  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Charles Los was also in this unit. Anyone recognize this name?

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posted 9/22/2010 7:23:39 PM    Click here to view the profile for MrB  Click here to email MrB  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by Guest:
Came across a picture recently of my grandfather (Wesley Russell) that had a group photo of B Co 44th Armored Regiment. I was wondering after the reorganization which unit did B Co get transferred to. Was it the 714th Tank Battalion or the 23rd Tank Battalion?


My father-in-law was in the 44th. He was sent to the Pacific and was in the battle at Manilla. His name was Laverne (Potsie) Lawrence and drove both the "West Frankfort Thunderbolt" and the "Yankee". Any Information? Would love to see the pic.

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posted 11/30/2010 1:27:55 AM  Reply w/Quote
He was in the ETO, not with the 44th Tank Battalion in the Pacific